I had drove from Pueblo, Colorado, West on US Hwy 50 toward my camp in the Gunnison National Forest. Since it was dark I turned into the national forest for a legal emergency camp.
The next morning I woke up at my camp in the San Isabel National Forest, East of the Continental Divide. Near the divide I made a brief detour to see Old Monarch Pass on FS 237. Then I drove to the divide at Monarch Pass for a photo shoot. They had a store there and also a ski lift. I made a careful drive down the mountain chain to my first planned camp in the Gunnison NF.
Discussion: I had planned my vacation camping trip to last five weeks. Since they had a major snowstorm in Colorado before I departed from Nacogdoches, Texas; I sped up my pace so as not be caught on the mountain dirt trails in a major snowstorm that may not be cleared until spring. I had a wonderful adventure with my four week travel campout survival test.
I started on Trip Advisor (bad site) and changed to TravBuddy that was much better. It was bad luck when TB closed.
I was not a chemist, but a chemical hazard specialist. I retired from the State of Texas facility in Galveston to 100% disability in 2005. Then I moved back to my home area in East Texas.
I live on the small Walters Tree Farm outside of Nacogdoches, Texas USA. I am retired to be a simple farmer and traveler. Retirement is a tough job, but somebody has to do it (LOL).... full info